HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus Power Consumption and Noise
For edge deployments, power consumption is extremely important. It has an enormous impact on where the server can be deployed and its TCO. The ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus has a 180W external power adapter, but in most cases, it uses much less than this. Here we are going to use the MicroServer Gen10 Plus Xeon E-2224 configuration with 2x 16GB DDR4-2666 ECC UDIMMs, and an 800GB Intel SATA SSD.
- Idle: 22.5W
- STH 70% CPU: 74.1W
- 100% Load: 92.8W
- Maximum Observed: 108.4W
These results were obtained on 120V power. Also, we did not have hard drives installed for this, just one lower-power SSD. Since there is a 180W power supply that gives us some sense of the additional headroom for drives and peripherals.
From a noise perspective, we were seeing 20.8dba at idle and up to 30.6dba during boot. Even under a sustained 92W load, we did not hear the fans spin up for the first 10 minutes. Pushing into the 108W load after 10 minutes we heard the fans spin up to around 34.7dba. HPE uses 21dba as their rating and we were within 1% of that for most of our testing unless we specifically tried to get higher power figures. We will note that we did this testing after taking the unit apart so our thermal paste application may have altered this slightly. Also, we took this with the iLO Enablement Kit installed. Installing hard drives instead of SSDs will increase noise and make a more noticeable impact than the system fan. HPE did a great job minimizing fan noise.
STH Server Spider: HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus
In the second half of 2018, we introduced the STH Server Spider as a quick reference to where a server system’s aptitude lies. Our goal is to start giving a quick visual depiction of the types of parameters that a server is targeted at.
The MicroServer Gen10 Plus is not designed to be the highest-density compute or storage option out there. Instead, it is focused on being a compact unit with enough resources and deployment flexibility for an edge location. This is spot on what we would expect from a server like this.
If you are wondering what I thought of the HPE MicroServer Gen10 Plus, the answer is fairly easy. The day before this review went live I ordered one with the iLO Enablement Kit since I received a nice discount on the units from a HPE reseller which put the total after tax and shipping under $717.
Pricing, of course, will vary, but this is an excellent platform. The ease of use, and frankly, compatibility with every major OS is extremely useful. If you have a lab of some sort and need to try different OS images, then this platform is going to work well because it is based on a very standard hardware base that mirrors higher-end servers.
Frankly, this is one of the highest honors we can give a product. We test servers from every major server OEM and have competitive system reviews in-progress. Still, this is a product that after hands-on time impressed us enough that we wanted to order another one to create high-availability edge solutions.
What is Next
At this point, we have done the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus v Gen10 Hardware Overview, and now have our review published. Next in the series is where the real fun comes in. We have another article with some of the ways we can work around the items that we felt could be improved on the HPE ProLiant MSG10+. This is not a perfect system, and it is not inexpensive to modify, but it can be done. We also are testing almost 20 CPUs in the system to see what works from a power/ thermal standpoint so we can give some recommendations for those who are more adventurous. Since many of those options are not on the HPE approved options lists (technically the MSG10+ only supports up to 71W TDP CPUs as an example) we wanted to move that into its own piece.